Just wondered how many photographers see any true benefit of allowing free test drives of your images. I know there are 1000's of discussions regarding this but within Cake was curious to see what people think. With Smugmug acquiring Flikr, I still do not really like the T&C's that Instagram and Flikr have. As I manage a couple handful of Facebook business pages for clients, I see a voluminous distribution of commercial blog posts where the poster is using "free" Flikr images with a generic credit byline but those pages are getting paid by click-throughs.
I did build a small portfolio on Unsplash just to see what sort of random things would happen.
I have only had two semi-legit inquires but none were a commercial exchange. And, the images I posted in the portfolio are not really all that exceptional....which shows that billions of people like images, want to download images and probably will never pay for them. So, does having a small showcase benefit or is it really just an exercise of once again devaluing the ability of a income-seeking photographer to build a business?
I am a registered stock photo with Getty for a series of Sarah Palin images, but their net pay is absolute crap.